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Fertile Ground

MASS MoCA, Sunday

Put your dancing shoes on! MASS MoCA is hosting a Labor Day weekend Neo Dance Party with special guest Fertile Ground, a Baltimore-based, internationally renowned soul band that MASS MoCA claims will “turn out some of the most organic grooves since the heyday of Earth, Wind & Fire.” And Fertile Ground’s lead vocalist, Navasha Daya, is said to “regularly transport the audience from swaying to all out dancing!” But it won’t just be Daya’s voice and stage presence that will keep you moving—Fertile Ground’s comprised of drummer Marcus Asante, a three-man horn section, and keyboardist James Collins who all do their thing to get you on your feet. Don’t know how to dance? Don’t worry—dance instruction will occur before they hit the stage! (Sept. 3, 8:30 PM, $18, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass., 413-662-2111).

Kasim Sulton Band

The Van Dyck, Friday

The proggers know who Kasim Sulton is: He’s the longtime, on-and-off bassist singer for Todd Rundgren and Rundgren’s former band, Utopia. Everyone who has listened to a radio in the last three decades has heard him, however. Sultan has served as Meat Loaf’s touring musical director for years (he played on Bat Out of Hell, too); was, at one point, an official member of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; and has done session work for Shaun Cassidy, Patty Smyth and Celine Dion. Dude, as they say, gets around. Now, however, he’s touring with his own band—which will play two shows at the Van Dyck tomorrow night. We’re not sure what the band will sound like, but, as noted above, it’s pretty clear that Sulton can play any genre he wants. (Sept. 1, 7 and 9:30 PM, $20, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 381-1111)


Caffe Lena, Friday-Sunday

This weekend will mark the second annual “Lenapalooza.” The beloved venue will play host to a three-day-long singer-songwriter showcase featuring some representatives of the abundant local talent that show off their chops during the year-long Emerging Artists Breakout every Wednesday. This weekends’ acts include (but are not limited to) Matt Loiacono of the Kamikaze Hearts, Bob Carlton of the Sixfifteens, Amanda Platt, Margo Malia Lynch, the Ashdown Brothers, and Courtney Biondo. (Sept. 1-3, 7:30 PM, $5 per day, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)

Wynton Marsalis

Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Tanglewood, Friday-Sunday

If Ernesto doesn’t rain on the proverbial parade, it might be nice to spend this Labor Day weekend in the picturesque Berkshires. While there, you can enjoy some of the most revered modern names in jazz at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival. Here’s just a sampling of some of the acts: Wynton Marsalis, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, the Big Three Palladium Orchestra, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, and Dr. John. Don’t forget to catch new artists (like Syncopation and the John Stetch Trio) at the Tanglewood Jazz Café 90 minutes prior to each performance. And on Saturday, pianist Marion McPartland will appear for a live taping of her NPR show Piano Jazz, with special guest Elvis Costello. For a full schedule of events and performances, visit (Sept. 1-3, call for times and prices, 297 West St., Lenox, Mass., 413-637-1600)

Family Values

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, tuesday

It’s time to party like it’s 1998! Nü-metal creators Korn and the Deftones are ready to let the freak off the leash one more time, and they’re selling their antiquated style at discount rates (only $9.99 for lawn seats). Accompanying them will be nü-metal preservationists Stone Sour and Flyleaf. Local bruisers Dead-Lift, who describe themselves as New York’s premier melodic-rap/metal fusion band (read: nü-metal), won themselves a slot on the show by winning a most-original-band contest. Is there any better way to say goodbye to summer and obnoxious multicolored goatees than in a drunk-frat guy-head banging-pot-smoke haze? We doubt it. We sincerely doubt it. (Sept 5, 2 PM, $9.99-$59.50, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 584-9330)

Also Noted
Richie Havens
Labor Day is upon us, as is more than evident by a slim-pickings week in terms of live music. However, we here at Metroland care so much about your pursuit of entertainment that for you, dear readers, we rolled up our sleeves, dug in our heels, and unearthed the few diamonds in the rough. See here: Tonight, Burlington, Vt.-based Fire the Cannons will bring their brand of indie rock to Valentine’s; Hero Cycle, Hudson Rivieras, and local faves the Wasted will open (8 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . New York City-based Fire Flies will appear at Valentine’s on Saturday; the Sterns, the Sense Offenders and Frankie and His Fingers are also scheduled to perform (8 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . The Second Annual Berkshires BluesFest will take place on Saturday at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass., featuring Richie Havens and John Hammond; joining them are Maria Muldaur, and Paul Rishell and Annie Raines (8 PM, $45, 413-528-0100). . . . Also on Saturday (and also in the Berkshires): Check out Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys at Club Helsinki—the Wall Street Journal calls Ledet today’s premier female zydeco artist “whose soulful voice kicks her male counterparts” (9 PM, $20, 413-528-3394).

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